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Sri Agastheeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Agastheeswarar
  Urchavar: Somaskandar
  Amman / Thayar: Swarnambikai
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Angaraka Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: Vilwaranyam
  City: Villivakkam
  District: Chennai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
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 Festival:
     
  10 day Brahmmotsavam following Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; 1008 Conch abishek in Karthikai (November-December and Panguni Wedding Festival in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Planet Jupiter-Guru Bhagwan is on the direct grace of Mother Ambika. Praying to Ambica will free the devotee of the adverse aspects of Jupiter. This is a rare design in this temple. Planet Mars is under the Arasa-Bodhi tree on the banks of the sacred theertha. The temple is also known as Mars Temple – Sevvai KOIL.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Agastheeswarar Temple, Villivakkam, Chennai – 600 049.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 44 - 2617 2326, 93832 01591, 99520 38155 
    
 General Information:
     
  There are shrines of Lords Nataraja, Bhairava, Subramanya, Kasi Viswanatha, Acharya Sankara, Mothers Visalakshi, Vilvambika and four Saivite Saints-Nalvar.  Sage Agasthya is with Nalvar.  Special abisheks are offered to Acharya Sankara on Panchami day in the full moon fortnight.   Lord Anugnai Vinayaka graces the devotees.  
     
 
Prayers
    
  Those facing obstacles in marriage due to adverse Mars effects and of shy nature pray in the temple. 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Realizing their wishes, devotees perform special abishek to Lord and Mother with Vastras and sandal abishek to Lord Veerabadra with betel leaves garlands. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  When Lord Shiva granted darshan to Sage Agasthya with Mother Parvathi, Ambica was wearing golden ornaments, hence She is praised as Swarnambika.  The shrines of Mothers Mahalakshmi and Saraswathi are before the shrine of Ambica.  The Navagraha Mandap is on the opposite side.  As Sage Agasthya destroyed demons Vilvalan and Vatapi in this place, it is named Villivakkam.  Agasthya’s destroying of the demons event is celebrated during the Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam of the temple.
Lord Veerabadra graces from a separate temple at the southern entrance of Lord Agastheeswara temple.  He appears with two sharp teeth with a Danda in His left hand.  Daksha is before Him in a bowing form.  Mother Badrakali shrine is in the front mandap.  As Lord Veerabadra is another form of Lord Shiva, Pradosha pujas and one time puja on the Shivarathri day are dedicated to Him.  
Lord Veerabadra is facing north, the direction of Kubera the Lord of Wealth. People pray here seeking prosperity boon.  Hence, He is praised as Ishwarya Veerabadra.
Planet Mars created a spring here and worshipped Lord Shiva for relief from a curse.  This spring-theertha is outside the temple.  Hence, the temple is also famous as a Mars – Angaraka Parihara Sthala.  Lord Valampuri Vinayaka is nearby facing north.  Devotees call this temple as Sevvai Temple – Sevvai-Mars.  Lord Shiva granted darshan to sage Agasthya on a Tuesday (Sevvai day in Tamil). On Tuesdays of Aadi month (July-August), special pujas are dedicated to Lord and Mother.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  During the Wedding of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi in Mount Kailas, Sage Agasthya was in south performing Shiva Puja in this place.  Two demon brothers Vilvalan and Vatapi caused hindrance to his puja.  Agasthya killed them with his penance power and incurred the Brahmmahati dosha-a sin caused by killing others, good or bad.  He worshipped Lord Shiva here for relief from the dosha and also relief from any disturbance to perform his pujas.  Lord deputed Veerabadra to help the sage.  Lord Veerabadra protected Sage Agasthya and also relieved the sage from the dosha.  He thus has His due place in the temple.  As sage Agasthya worshipped Lord here, He is praised as Lord Agastheeswarar and is the presiding deity of the temple.  
     
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